We talked last time about the variety of items and services that will cost less in 2015, from falling gas prices to just about everything affected by gas prices, which is a BUNCH.
Unfortunately, there’s always another side to the equation, and other factors that affect prices. According to MoneyTalksNews.com, weather, livestock diseases, rising demand, poor planning among suppliers, and government regulation all play a part.
So which items will hit you pocketbook a little harder this year? Here are the bullet points:
First, read ‘em and weep: the average rise in food prices lately.
Beef: +7% (over last year’s all-time high!)
Packaged Salads: +13%
And just to rub it in, if Iraq goes down the drain, we will be looking back fondly on a $3.60 gallon of gas!
As for food, the culprits are too much rain in some places, drought in others and animal diseases, apparently. What can you do about it? Well, money blog LearnVest has some ideas, the bullet points of which I am happy present…
Make Wednesday your food shopping night
Stock up during deep-discount periods
Forgo the packaging
Know when not to shop organic
Buy the whole cow. (They call it cow-pooling. That cracks me up!)
DIY your produce (i.e., grow your own.)
Buy in season
Join community-supported agriculture (CSA) groups. (Hippie nonsense, or real money saver? YES.)